Climate change and agrobiodiversity: Strengthening adaptability and resilience, facilitating adaptation and transition

28 January 2010 | News story

Agrobiodiversity is already proving to be important in helping rural communities and farmers throughout the world adapt to climate change. Diversity (genetic, species and ecosystem) in production systems can improve adaptability and resilience and is an essential part of adaptation to changing production conditions.

The Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) is compiling information on the experiences of indigenous peoples and rural communities who are using agrobiodiversity to adapt to changing conditions and provide improved livelihood strategies.

The responses from indigenous and rural communities to change are being represented on an interactive map, through which you can access the individual stories and the information source.

Some challenges that have emerged include:

  • The need to ensure that there is sufficient diversity within production systems to maintain adaptability;
  • The importance of maintaining traditional adapted materials (crop and livestock varieties) within production systems and of allowing them to evolve and adapt to changing conditions;
  • The need for new materials in many situations and hence improved methods of dissemination and exchange of resources and information;
  • The recognition that farmers, pastoralists, forest dwellers, and fisher folk are having to adopt alternative livelihood strategies and need to exchange skills, knowledge, practices and experiences;
  • The importance of combining traditional knowledge and experiences with new scientific developments

Ensuring that rural communities and farmers around the world can meet these challenges requires new knowledge and new partnerships that embed agrobiodiversity maintenance and use in climate change response strategies.

We would love to learn from the communities where you and your colleagues are involved. Please make your contribution at this link to enrich the knowledge base we are compiling.

Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research
Secretariat
c/o Bioversity International
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00057 Maccarese
Rome, Italy

Tel: (39) 06 6118 212/302
Fax: (39) 06 619 79661
Email: platformcoordinator@cgiar.org
Web: www.agrobiodiversityplatform.org